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Artemisia Gentileschi and Her times


30/11/2016 – 07/05/2017
Exhibition Space

The result of a considerable research and preparation, the exhibition covers the entire span of Artemisia’s Gentileschi career, allowing visitors to learn about the artist’s life and work parallel to those of her colleagues.

The almost 100 works of art on show create a lively debate between Gentileschi and her fellow artists whose circles she frequented in Rome, then Florence, then Rome again and finally Naples, with the Venetian interlude as much in need of investigation as the brief but intense London period.

In addition to Artemisia’s magnificent masterpieces such as Judith Beheading Holofernes from the Museo di Capodimonte, Esther and Assuero from the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Self-Portait as a Lute Player from the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Connecticut, visitors will have an opportunity to see Cristofano Allori’s Judith from the Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, and Simon Vouet’s Lucretia from Nàrodnì Galerie, Prague.

Artemisia Gentileschi ( July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.
She painted many pictures of strong and suffering women from myth and the Bible – victims, suicides, warriors.
Her best-known work is Judith Slaying Holofernes (a well-known medieval and baroque subject in art), which “shows the decapitation of Holofernes, a scene of horrific struggle and blood-letting”. That she was a woman painting in the seventeenth century and that she was raped and participated in the prosecution of the rapist long overshadowed her achievements as an artist. For many years she was regarded as a curiosity. Today she is regarded as one of the most progressive and expressive painters of her generation.

Museo di Roma, I Floor- Exhibition Space
Opening hours
Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00 – 19.00;
24 and 31 December: 10.00 – 14.00;